Skiway Trail #755B
This trail starts in Government Camp, so visitors staying there can start right out their door. It connects with Crosstown Trail and Glade Trail, so route options are expanded. There are views of Mt Hood and Ski Bowl. Skiway Trail is named for the old Skiway ski lift that went from Thunderhead Lodge to Timberline Lodge in the early 1950’s. The trail is parallel to the lower section of this old ski lift.
Skiway’s wide clearing is advantageous for skiing and snowshoeing. It has a few steep pitches that push it into the “most difficult” rating for cross-country skiers and mountain bikers. A short loop (~1.75 miles) can be made when combining Skiway with Wally’s Tie (#755A) and Crosstown Trail (#755). A slightly longer loop (~2.25 miles) can be made when combining Skiway with Crosstown (#755) and Maggie’s Trail (#753).
Trail Description and Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||Trail cleared of logs by FS trail crew on 6/10/2021.|
|Permit Info:||A State of Oregon Sno-Park permit is required November 1 through April 30 at Ski Way and Thunderhead Sno-Park trailheads.|
|Closest Towns:||Welches, OR|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Information Center:||Zig Zag Ranger District, Zig Zag Ranger Station|
From Portland, OR - take US Hwy 26 28 miles east of Sandy to Government Camp. Take a left (north) at Government Camp Loop Road and travel 0.3 mile to Thunderhead Sno-park. You will see the Skiway Trailhead sign on the north side of the road, just east of Thunderhead Lodge. Please don’t park in the Thunderhead Lodge parking lot.
Mountain BikingTrail has a few steep pitches that push it into that “most difficult” rating for cross-country skiers and mt bikers. These steeper pitches can have loose rock also. See also: XC skiiing description.
|Difficulty Level:||Most Difficult|
BackpackingSee mountain biking description.
|Difficulty Level:||More Difficult|